Outings Committee Chair Bret Wagenhorst sent this report. See also pictures and videos. -jsq
Put in: public boat ramp on east side of Hwy 82 bridge, east of Town of Alapaha.
Take out: private land near Rowe Town Church cemetery (permission obtained thru Heather)
Distance on River: about 6.5 miles
Shuttle distance: 8 miles; 15 minute drive one way
Met at 9:30.
On water: 10:20 a.m.
Off water: 1:15 pm
Took 15 minute lunch break
Paddle time: roughly 2:40 hours
Water level: just below banks. 1 ft of boat ramp out of water. Recent reading of 11 ft on gauge at Alapaha by report [actually 9.3 feet, according to USGS. -jsq]. Was good level allowing for easy navigation through most deadfalls.
Weather: partly cloudy, cold at start warming to low 60s and nice by finish. No wind.
Features of note: church on East bank bluff on Moore property; old railroad trestle pilings; one hairpin curve; numerous sections with Tupelo coppices; a couple of “lakes”
Flora/fauna: maples starting to bloom; cypress, pines, live oak, palmettos, ho lly, water oak, wild blueberries, resurrection fern; heard wood ducks and wood peckers but didn’t see much fauna. There were some tiny, delicate mayfly type insects that flew just above the water for awhile midday.
Assessment: good trip. For experienced paddlers at this water level as deadfalls could be difficult. No invasive species seen. Need permission from landowner for takeout.